Women in management positions in the fields of science, technology, engineering and
mathematics, and who are seeking support to advance their careers, can find that help
at an immersive three-day Women in STEM Leadership Program to be held by Stony Brook
The program, which will run April 9 to 12, is an "interactive course" designed to
"give current and future leaders in STEM industries practical tools, insights and
connections" that can help them overcome barriers and take their careers to the next
Sessions for the leadership program, launched by the school last year, will be held
at the Hilton Garden Inn on campus.
Camilla dos Santos, assistant professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory attends the
inaugural Women in STEM Leadership Program
at Stony Brook University, held May 8-11, 2018. Photo Credit: Stony Brook University/John
This year's event will host 30 women in executive and senior academic posts in STEM
Program organizer Patricia Malone, executive director of Stony Brook’s Center for
Corporate Education, said 2018's program was "on target and very well received."
"Many of last year's participants expressed how appreciative they were to meet and
mingle with other women in highly technical fields. Some of them went as far as to
call the experience a 'breath of fresh air,' " she said.
"And many of them said they felt empowered by the interactive nature of the program,"
Malone added. "Thanks to their feedback, this year we're providing more peer-to-peer
networking opportunities and focusing more heavily on confidence building."
his year's Women in STEM attendees will participate in workshops that feature role-playing
activities designed to boost their conflict resolution and negotiation skills, and
will engage in group discussions about self-advocacy, the power of communicating with
purpose and persuasion, current workplace challenges and identifying ways to effect
change, among other topics.
The program will also feature seminars by industry leaders and guest speakers, such
as keynoter Florence Hudson, an advanced technology, strategy, diversity and inclusion
consultant, and Bonnie Marcus, author of "The Politics of Promotion: How High-Achieving
Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead."
“The conversation around women’s roles in the workplace and gender equity has never
been more compelling," Malone said. "Through this program, we help them crystallize
their career vision, gain tools and strategies for career advancement, build their
confidence and help them develop personal road maps with plans."
Malone said she hopes Women in STEM also helps motivate employers to create a culture
that "embraces women in leadership roles and supports them in the process.”
A fee of $4,700 is required to participate in Stony Brook's Women in STEM program.
Most participants will be sponsored by their employers, said Malone.
The deadline to apply to Stony Brook's Women in STEM Leadership Program is March 20.